NMU faculty and students won several awards in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters competition. They will be honored at a March 14 ceremony in Lansing.
In the Group 1-TV competition (public stations with budgets of $6 million or less), Louise Bourgault (CAPS) and Bob Thompson (WNMU-TV) received a broadcast excellence award in the cultural and performing arts category with the WNMU-TV program titled “From Mali to Michigan: A Musical Bridge,” about visiting performer Niany Diabate. Dwight Brady (CAPS) received a broadcast excellence award in the group hard news and current events story category for WKAR-TV/WNMU-TV with the program titled “Michigan’s Green Economy.”
In the Group 1-Radio competition (public stations with budgets of $2 million or less), Charles Ganzert (CAPS) won the special interest and cultural programming category with a music and interview program that aired on WNMU-FM titled “Niany Diabate and Mady Kouyate Live in the WNMU Studios.”
NMU students swept the health issues public-service announcement category in the MAB college competition. Justin Garant, Cody Smith and RJ Walters shared first place, Shannon Altic and Adam Harknes shared second place, and Peter Nemanich and Kimberly Stobb earned honorable mention.
Other student winners were: BC 271 class, first place, large-group category; Anne-Marie Gibbs, honorable mention, sports play-by-play; Douglas Kraft, first place, daily sportscast/newscast/news feature; Jamie Thompson, second place, daily newscast/sportscast; and Gabriel Thorburn, second place, public service announcement.